Last night after taking the kids out to dinner, we stopped by Old Navy to pick up some jeans for the kids. As I was looking in the girl’s section, I stopped in my tracks and gasped over this little number.
Navy blue polka dotted lining? Tiny ruffles along the outer edges? Are you kidding me?!? It’s chic basics like these I simply cannot resist for my girls. Whether it’s my imprinting on the years of ruffled tops from JCrew or my nostalgia for classic children’s fashion, I do not know. But when I saw that jacket, I couldn’t help but envision outfitting my girls like this…
As I snatched a size 7, I hastily searched for my little fashionista who was roaming the girl’s department….in the sweetest voice I could muster up at the end of a long rainy week, I asked if she would try it on. I knew I was in dangerous territory. Why? Because it’s very tricky pitching an article of clothing to a little girl if it’s not pepto bismol pink with glittered-on Disney characters plastered on the front. It’s all about the approach. You have to be nonchalant yet playfully assertive. I asked then waited, biting my lip in anticipation. She agreed to try it on. And loved it. I was thrilled. I didn’t dare ask my 10 year old because she can go fashion rogue on me in two seconds flat. I’ve learned not to push. She must be handled ever-so-delicately. Translation: it has to be her idea.
Out of curiosity, I grabbed an XL and tried it on for myself. I mean, at $34 for an adorable jacket, why not? I was shocked…it was a great fit. A teeny bit short in the arms, but that’s alright because it comes off looking like a bracelet sleeve cut. If you’re around 5’5″ and petite, go grab one!! Next thing I know, my ten year old snagged one for herself.
Yes. I bought a child’s jacket. And yes, I have about 27 jackets too many in my closet. But I have big plans for this little piece.
To me the trench has great versatility. It’s a no brainer purchase. You can pair it with basics or spice it up with boots, stripes, pearls…whatever your heart desires. Toss on a pair of heals and a top and you look totally pulled together.
Here’s a trench-inspired jacket with a girly dress peeking through. Love.
How about a bike ride?
Or an untucked tee and jeans.
Even good enough for Jackie.
I still haven’t invested in the perfect, classic trench…the jackets my girls and I bought are obviously just fun pieces. Many true trenches are on the pricier side. But I’m always an advocate for investing in a good classic piece – the trench being one of those must haves. If you do find one that is well made and fits your proportions, snag it. It will be a long term piece in your wardrobe. A worthy investment ; )